Jim Turner

Independence

 

To the editor:

Earth Day began in 1970 and I remember the biology and earth science teacher commending the students who participated. He said they would save the planet. I read Rachel Carson’s book “The Sea Around Us” in 1977, while serving in the Navy. I wouldn’t eat fish for a long time after reading the book.

Here’s an easy way to learn if we live in a watershed: We all live in a watershed! Water that doesn’t soak into the ground eventually ends up in the creeks, rivers, and oceans. The garbage and chemicals we put on the ground likely end up there, too.

Audrey Elder writes on her blog, Meaningful Living, about going to the grocery store and having food stuffed into plastic bags. We can bring reusable bags for that purpose. Several grocers charge a few cents for disposable bags, which I think encourages people to bring their own reusable containers. You can use them for shopping bags, but may need to alter your route a bit to put heavier items on the bottom.

We want green and weed-free yards, so we apply chemicals to the lawn. Excess chemicals soak into our groundwater, while their runoff will kill fish and destroy habitats for other creatures.

Clover is easy to maintain and it helps choke out weeds. Bees like it for making honey and they are our best pollinators. Please give the clover a chance to grow.

These are just a few ideas to help set a good example for our children. It’s not the least we can do for the watershed where we live, but it may show our excellent leadership.